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United Way Offers Three Targeted Funds


February 8, 2018

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Representatives of local nonprofits worked closely with United Way board members and staff at the recent Request for Proposal (RFP) informational meeting for agencies in January.

At its annual Request for Proposal (RFP) meeting on Friday, Jan. 19, United Way of Transylvania County informed more than 20 representatives of 15 nonprofit agencies serving the county of the availability of three different funds. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, which is defined as two or more entities working together to improve and sustain measurable outcomes for the community.

$100,000 Matching Fund

United Way of Transylvania County has committed $100,000 of matching funds specifically for early childhood programming. This $100,000 fund is separate from its normal allocations process. If a collaborative can bring in outside money (in the form of a grant, for example), the collaborative can apply for United Way of Transylvania County to match that grant money. Applications for this fund may be for less than $100,000.

"There are major institutions with large grant funds that require a matching local investment, and this money from United Way of Transylvania County can help access those funds for early childhood programs in our county," said Steve Pulliam, CEO of United Way of Transylvania County.

United Way will accept requests for commitment of funds from the early childhood matching fund as long as the funds are available.

Mobile Unit Fund

United Way of Transyl-vania County has committee to fund up to $50,000 to purchase a vehicle (or vehicles) to deliver early childhood programs to families of children ages 0-5 in remote and under-served areas of the county. This is designed to work in concert with programmatic funding awarded through United Way's normal allocations process. The type of vehicle will be determined by the successful collaborative applicant delivering the program.

"United Way of Transylvania County is now raising funds for the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund. That fund's budget includes the purchase of a vehicle so a funded collaborative can deliver early childhood programs in the areas where they are most needed," said Terry Decker, board chair for United Way of Transylvania County.

Allocations Process Funding

United Way of Transylvania County contributions currently fund nearly $300,000 annually in grants to local health and human service nonprofit programs and collaborative actions. Those grants provide early childhood education resources, after-school and summer youth programs, adult day care, health services, financial education and counseling, youth conflict resolution training, parenting education and resources, and programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect.

This year, United Way announced that preference for the next grant cycle will be given to programs addressing early childhood education and to collaborative initiatives.

As is customary, attendance at the RFP meeting was a requirement for submitting a proposal for funding from United Way's allocations process. Only 501 (c)(3) nonprofit agencies are eligible for funding.

"Of course, the amount of money available for United Way to allocate to local programs and our other initiatives, such as TRAIN,, and, is entirely dependent upon local donations received," said Saunders Grommesh, resource development director for United Way of Transylvania County.

About The RFP Meeting

Attendees participated in a pop-out session designed to build collaboration in the area of early childhood education, which will be the primary focus area for programs in the next funding cycle.

Agency representatives joined discussion groups on the topics of ways to connect non-early childhood agencies to early childhood programming, ways for an Early Childhood Mobile Unit to connect the community, and ways to bring $100,000 into the community to match United Way's pledge to early childhood programming.

United Way board members and other volunteers participated in the discussion groups and in the full group's conversation on each group's findings. Following that, agency representatives began collaborating with the goal of more efficiently delivering health and human services in the community.

Volunteers Needed

After agencies submit their proposals, United Way volunteers will review program proposals and make agency site visits. These volunteers provide input to the local United Way Board about allocating funds during the next year.

UWTC invites community members to join its local grant review team by contacting the office at 883-8822 or [email protected] Volunteers receive free training and are obligated to sign a confidentiality agreement.

"Volunteering for the allocations team is a great way to learn about United Way and its work in the community. It's also a powerful way you can serve your community and help direct its future," Grom-mesh said.


To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call (828) 883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan St., #4 below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard, send mail to P.O. Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit


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